Money comes, the money goes: The week in Florida politics

Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, several congressional seats will be competitive, and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week:


Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum surprising victory in the Democratic primary for governor helped him jump out to an early fundraising lead over GOP nominee U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Gillum collected more than $4 million right after the Aug. 28 primary, according to campaign finance reports filed on Friday. By contrast, DeSantis reported taking in nearly $522,000 during the same time period.

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The new reports only cover donations given until the end of August. But it was a substantial windfall for Gillum, who was outraised during the primary campaign by his other main Democratic opponents.

Gillum’s campaign also noted that it had received nearly 40,000 donations in the immediate aftermath of his victory. Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for Gillum, said the surge in donations is a signal of “unprecedented grassroots support.”

Among those giving money to Gillum was the Democratic Governors Association. The DGA gave $1 million to a political committee controlled by Gillum. His committee also got $1 million from wealthy hedge fund manager Donald Sussman and $10,000 from former NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy.

A political committee controlled by DeSantis got $100,000 from a political committee controlled by…

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